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In our thirtieth anniversary year, dCS is looking back at its legacy, celebrating our tradition of unrivalled excellence, and pointing to the future by developing a limited edition Vivaldi One digital playback system.

Pushing the boundaries of what is possible with digital replay Vivaldi One is a single box CD/SACD and Network Player that supports music from any digital source via USB, AES, S/PDIF inputs in addition to streaming audio via its network input. An integral CD/SACD mechanism is used for CD/SACD playback.

At the core of Vivaldi One is the dCS digital processing platform, a high performance network streaming section and the latest generation dCS Ring DAC™.

The dCS Ring DAC™ is a unique digital converter that combines exceptional linearity with high speed operation enabling it to deliver true 24-bit performance even at low signal levels. The latest generation Ring DAC™ incorporates a number of advances that have resulted in enhanced dynamic range, reduced jitter, improved channel separation and greatly improved musical realism.

The digital processing platform in Vivaldi One is based around Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and a microcontroller system. Using the same platform as our flagship Vivaldi series, Vivaldi One is current state-of-the-art, delivering unmatched sonic and measured performance.

The multi-stage Phase-Locked-Loop (PLL) system sets world-beating standards for accuracy and control of jitter from the incoming audio stream. Vivaldi One also supports the dCS auto clocking architecture which is simple to set up, minimises jitter and improves sound quality.

For CD/SACD playback Vivaldi One uses the TEAC Esoteric VRDS Neo™ mechanism which employs super-rigid construction and a brushless motor with heavy flywheel for stable disc rotation.  CD data can be upsampled to DXD or DSD 64/128, extracting revelatory detail from both CD and SACD.

Vivaldi One’s network capability and control app lets listeners manage their playback from any source in an elegantly simple way. It features built-in Roon Ready, TIDAL, Qobuz, Apple Airplay and Spotify Connect functionality. Streaming audio is unparalleled in terms of processing power and jitter performance, and currently runs at up to 24-bit, 384kS/s and DSD128, supporting all major lossless codecs (including MQA), plus DSD in DoP format and native DSD.

Designed and made in Great Britain with superlative, cost-no-object quality and finish. Vivaldi One’s elegant chassis uses aerospace-grade machined aluminium with internal acoustic damping panels to reduce sound-degrading mechanical vibration and magnetic effects.

Vivaldi One firmware is easily updated via CD, USB or online. This lets dCS add new features and improve system performance over its lifetime.

When listening to music through a Vivaldi One, listeners are immediately struck by its natural musicality and faithfulness to the original recording. It delivers a powerful and visceral sound yet is highly transparent, making for a musical experience of breath-taking clarity and emotional intensity.

Key Features

  • Latest generation dCS Digital Processing Platform delivers state-of- the-art measured performance.
  • dCS Ring DAC™ with double speed Ring DAC 2.0 mapper – as used in flagship Vivaldi DAC.
  • Digital inputs support UPnP, asynchronous USB, Roon Ready and Apple AirPlay plus AES, S/PDIF and SDIF-2 digital audio streams.
  • Streaming services supported include TIDAL, Qobuz, Spotify Connect and Internet Radio.
  • Integral TEAC Esoteric VMK3 VRDS-Neo CD/SACD mechanism.
  • Multi-stage DXD oversampling with optional DSD/64 or DSD/128 upsampling.
  • User-selectable DSP and DSD filters.
  • Flexible output configuration can be used with and without pre amplifier
  • Comprehensive auto-clocking architecture improves ease of use and minimises jitter.
  • Multi-stage power regulation and twin mains transformers isolate sensitive analogue and clock circuits from digital circuitry.
  • Separate power supplies for digital and analogue sections further enhance power supply cleanness.
  • Firmware upgradeable over the internet for future functionality and performance improvements.
  • Features a full MQA™ decoder. This MQA™ implementation is unique, as it is the first opportunity to enable a DAC which, by providing exact rendering to beyond 16x (768 kHz), matches the desired temporal response with very low modulation noise.
  • Aerospace grade machined aluminium chassis fitted with tuned acoustic damping panels reduces magnetic effects and vibration.


  • type

    Upsampling CD / SACD / Network Player

  • colour

    Silver or Black anodised as standard. Custom paint finishes and precious metal plated finishes available.

  • dimensions

    444mm (17.5”) wide x 420mm (16.6”) deep x 220mm (8.7”) high. Allow extra depth for cable connectors

  • weight

    27.4kg (60.4lbs). (anodised silver)

  • converter type

    dCS proprietary Ring DAC TM topology.

  • digital inputs

    Network interface on RJ45 Gigabit connector – UPnPTM renderer in Asynchronous mode, streaming music from a UPnP server over a standard network, decoding all major lossless formats including FLAC, WAV & AIFF at up to 24 bit 384kS/s native sample rate, plus DSD/64 & DSD/128 in DFF/DSF format. Other supported formats include MQA, WMA, ALAC, MP3, AAC & OGG. Some formats are limited to lower sample rates. Accepts data streamed via Apple AirPlay at 44.1 or 48kS/s only. Network Loop Out connector on a second RJ45 connector. USB 2.0 interface on a B-type connector operating in Asynchronous mode, will accept up to 24 bit PCM at up to 384kS/s plus DSD/64 & DSD/128 in DoP format. Operates in Class 1 or 2 mode. USB-on-go interface on type A connector operating in Asynchronous mode, accepts audio at up to 24 bit 384kS/s plus DSD/64 & DSD/128. 2x AES/EBU on 3-pin female XLR connectors. Each accepts PCM at up to 24 bit 192kS/s or DSD/64 in DoP format. Used as Dual AES pair, will accept PCM at up to 384kS/s, DSD/64 & DSD/128 in DoP format or dCS-encrypted DSD. 3x SPDIF on 2x RCA Phono and 1x BNC connectors. Each accepts PCM at up to 24 bit 192kS/s or DSD/64 in DoP format. 1x SPDIF optical on a Toslink connector accepts PCM at up to 24 bit 96kS/s.

  • mechanism

    TEAC Esoteric VMK3 VRDS Neo.

  • analogue outputs

    Output levels: 0.2, 0.6, 2 or 6V rms for full-scale input. Balanced outputs: 1 stereo pair on 2x 3-pin XLR male connectors (pin 2 = hot, pin 3 = cold). These outputs are electronically balanced and floating. Output impedance is 3Ω, maximum load is 600Ω (10k – 100kΩ is recommended). Unbalanced outputs: 1 stereo pair on 2x RCA phono connectors. Output impedance is 52Ω, maximum load is 600Ω (10k – 100kΩ is recommended).

  • Wordclock I/Oworldclock io

    2x Wordclock Inputs on 2x BNC connectors, accept standard wordclock at 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 or 192kHz. Data rate can be same as clock rate or exact multiple of clock rate. Sensitive to TTL levels. Wordclock Output on 1x BNC connector. In Master mode, a TTL-compatible wordclock appears on this output.

  • residual noise

    16-bit data: Better than –96dB0, 20Hz - 20kHz unweighted. 24-bit data: Better than –113dB0, 20Hz - 20kHz unweighted. (6V output setting)

  • l r crosstalk

    Better than –115dB0, 20Hz - 20kHz.

  • spurious responses

    Better than –115dB0, 20Hz - 20kHz.

  • filters

    PCM mode: up to 6 filters give different trade-offs between the Nyquist image rejection and the phase response. DSD mode: 4 filters progressively reduce the out-of-audio band noise level, a 5th filter offers a minimum-phase roll-off.

  • conversions

    User-selectable upsampling to DXD, DSD/128 or DSD/64.

  • software updates

    Download available via Mosaic App.

  • local control

    dCS Mosaic App for Unit Configuration and Playback. RS232 interface (via 3rd party automation system). dCS Universal IR remote control is included.

  • power supply

    Factory set to 100, 115/120, 220 or 230/240V AC, 50 / 60Hz.

  • power consumption

    40 Watts typical / 60 Watts maximum


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    dCS Vivaldi ONE at Werner Music

    Hifi Live Magazine by Ramón Ger

    Read the full article here.

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    HiFi News – Vivaldi One Review, February 2018

    by Paul Miller & David Price

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    The Audio Beat – dCS Vivaldi 2.0

    Review by Marc Mickelson

    . . . the most versatile digital system I’ve used and also — by far — the most sonically complete.

    Read the full review.




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    dCS Vivaldi 2.0 digital replay system – Equipment Review

    HiFi+ , November 2016

    Review by Chris Thomas

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    Vivaldi y Rossini: de nuevo la magia de dCS

    Pocas marcas han sabido hilar tan fino a la hora de dotar de “alma” al audio digital doméstico
    como la británica dCS. ¿El motivo? Un dominio de la tecnología “pro” más avanzada cuya expresión
    más reciente la encontramos en el modelo Rossini, presentado en sociedad en el icónico loft de la
    barcelonesa Werner.

    Por Salvador Dangla

    AV Premium

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    dCS Vivaldi – System Review

    HiFiLive Magazine (available in Spanish and English)

    Review by Miguel Castro

    Read the review online

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    dCS Vivaldi DAC Review

    Ultra High End Review, June 2014

    Review by Frank Berryman

    Read the review online

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    dCS Vivaldi Digital Playback System – Equipment Review

    Stereophile, January 2014

    Review by Michael Fremer

    Read the review online

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    dCS Vivaldi System Review – Part 1&2

    HiFi Plus Issue 104 & 105,  November 2013

    Review by Chris Thomas

    Read the review online

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    Ne Plus Ultra – dCS Vivaldi Digital Playback System

    The Absolute Sound Issue 233, May 2013

    Review by Robert Harley

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    Vivaldi Sings – dCS Vivaldi Digital Playback System

    HiFi News Vol85 No.02, February 2013

    Review by Paul Miller



  • Mosaic 1.1.1 Release Notes

  • Mosaic 1.0.2 Release Notes

  • Mosaic 1.0.1 Release Notes

  • Vivaldi DAC and Upsampler Release notes

  • User Manual – Vivaldi One V02

    Software v1.1x / Network 501, compatible with Mosaic Control.

  • User Manual – Vivaldi App v2.0x

    Control app for Vivaldi Upsampler v1.20 with Network firmware v63.

  • Menu Guide – Vivaldi Digital Playback System v2.0

  • Vivaldi Transport v2.03 Update Instructions

  • dCS Vivaldi-Nevo Q50 Remote Config 3v00

  • Remote Control Codes

    Last updated 11 Feb 2016.



    • The Absolute Sound – Editor’s Choice 2014

      HiFi News – Vivaldi One, Outstanding Product

      Feb 2018

    • The Absolute Sound – Editor’s Choice 2014

      HiFi+ – Network Player of the Year 2016

      Dec 2016

    • The Absolute Sound – Editor’s Choice 2014

      The Absolute Sound – Editor’s Choice 2014

      Jan 2014

    • The Absolute Sound – Editor’s Choice 2014

      The Absolute Sound – Product of the Year 2013

      Jun 2013

    • The Absolute Sound – Editor’s Choice 2014

      HiFi Review Hong Kong – Product of the Year 2012

      Dec 2012

    • The Absolute Sound – Editor’s Choice 2014

      Stereo Sound Japan – Golden Sound Award 2012

      Dec 2012

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